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Magazine Archive 09–2021

Urban solar

Buildings are considered to be a major driver of emissions. In addition to the predicted billions of square meters of space that will be built across the world over the next decade, most developments standing today will still be around in 2050. Thus, retrofitting existing structures is seen as a key sustainability target. In the fourth quarter of 2021, pv magazine’s UP Initiative will focus on the role that solar and energy storage can play in greening the world’s urban spaces.

pv magazine test: July 2021 results

We are pleased to present the latest batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field in Xi’an, China. In this issue, we look at the July results, alongside additional analysis from George Touloupas, director of technology and quality at CEA.

The untapped potential of hybrid EVs

The electric vehicle conversation is dominated by all-electric options, and sales figures back up the shift from the age of the Prius to the age of Tesla. However, the timeline for the Global South is very different and hybrid EVs are better than ever. Hybrid EVs shouldn’t be considered a legacy technology, and may be greatly significant for their role in the path to decarbonization, explains Gautham Ram, assistant professor at TU Delft.

Price cannibalization threatens PV growth

As solar deployment increases, concerns about price cannibalization continue to be more and more relevant. Large-scale solar generation during midday hours may result in curtailment or unprofitable wholesale power prices. As supply increases, the economic viability of solar PV projects could fall into question.

Just what the doctor ordered

Laura Stachel, executive director and co-founder of We Care Solar, and a former obstetrician-gynecologist

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